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Video: Pets have returned to the White House

[vemba-video id=”politics/2021/01/26/joe-biden-first-dogs-white-house-moos-pkg-vpx.cnn”] By Darlene Superville | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The patter of paws is being heard in the White House again following the arrival of President Joe Biden’s dogs Champ and Major. The two German shepherds are the first pets to live at the executive mansion since the Obama administration. Major burst onto the national scene late last year after Biden, then president-elect, broke his right foot while playing...
Tags: Obama, Colorado, Washington, White House, Barack Obama, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, San Diego, Associated Press, Biden, Donald Trump, Harry Truman, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Delaware, Kennedy


Photos: Murals honoring the memory of Kobe Bryant and Gianna

These are just a few of the more than 240 murals in Southern California that honor Kobe Bryant. A Kobe Bryant mural on the side of a building along Cameron Lane and Lebanon St. as January 26 2020 is the Anniversary of the death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and 7 others in a helicopter crash a year ago in Los Angeles on Friday, January 22, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) Kobe Bryant mural at 1251 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA., Friday, January 22, 202...
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Sport, UPS, Soccer, Gigi, Kobe Bryant, Lebanon, Southern California, Kobe, Manhattan Beach, Hawthorne, Gianna, Ventura Blvd, Roscoe, Signal Hill


After 3 eggs lost, Big Bear bald eagles could try again

Hail fell on an empty bald eagle nest as a storm moved in near Big Bear Lake on Friday afternoon, Jan. 22. What started off as a bright spot this winter turned into tragedy as one by one, three eagle eggs were lost, all captured on live video of the nest high above the Big Bear valley. But parents Jackie and Shadow have not given up, and officials with the nonprofit that runs a webcam on the nest say there is much to learn from them. The first egg was laid Jan. 6, but was eaten by ravens the nex...
Tags: News, Animals, Environment, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, San Bernardino Mountains, Jackie, Forest Service, Lucy, American Airlines, Ontario, Ravens, U S Forest Service, Ricky, Manhattan Beach


What is Section 230 and why is it so controversial? Ask the lawyer

Q: I keep reading about Section 230, and heated arguments back and forth. Just what is going on there? -F.S., Los Angeles Ron Sokol A: Section 230 is a provision of the 1996 Communications Decency Act that protects companies that host user-created content from lawsuits over posts. It shields not just internet service providers (for example, Comcast and Verizon), but also social media platforms such as Twitter, Google and Facebook. Section 230 reads, in part: “No provider or user of an intera...
Tags: Verizon, Facebook, News, Fcc, Congress, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Comcast, Federal Communications Commission, District Of Columbia, Local News, Federal Trade Commission, Trump, Manhattan Beach


Democracy vs. unity? Local House members differ on why they support, or oppose, impeaching Trump

“Democracy.” Or, from those on the other side of the political aisle, “unity.” Those are the boil-it-down-to-a-word answers when local House members are asked why they favor or oppose impeaching short-timer President Donald Trump for his role in inciting insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The unprecedented violence that on Jan. 6 led to five deaths and drove House members of both parties into hiding is sparking the equally unprecedented second impeachment of Trump. But the ideological split that ...
Tags: Politics, News, Congress, La, Senate, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Gop, United States, House, Republican Party, Biden, Orange County


Sale of sick puppies ‘has got to stop,’ says Manhattan Beach woman who won a court case

A Manhattan Beach woman who unknowingly purchased a gravely ill puppy in an online deal consummated in a Chino parking lot has accomplished what has been a struggle for others who say their hearts were broken: She won a judgment against the seller. Sara Strizzi acknowledges, however, that it could be difficult to collect the $5,126.92 awarded to her by San Bernardino Superior Court Commissioner Daniel C. Lough. The seller who Strizzi sued said in an email that she plans to appeal the decision. S...
Tags: News, California, Animals, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Stella, American Airlines, Phelan, Lucia, Chino, Marina del Rey, Manhattan Beach, Victorville, San Bernardino Superior Court, Animal Legal Defense Fund


There’s a new minimum wage law in California? Ask the lawyer

Q: We are a small business (15 employees). The coronavirus pandemic has made everything harder, but now we have a new minimum wage we must pay in California? -L.H., Manhattan Beach Ron Sokol A: A business in California with less than 26 workers must increase the hourly rate to at least $13. There are some cities, however, such as Sonoma, Mountain View, and Palo Alto, that have increased their minimum wage to $15 or more in 2021. Other California employers (with more than 26 employees) must p...
Tags: News, California, Sport, Palo Alto, Soccer, Manhattan, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Wilmington, Manhattan Beach, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun


Million-dollar cities: Los Angeles-Orange counties housing ranks No. 3 in nation

A pandemic-fueled housing market boosted the number of million-dollar communities in Los Angeles and Orange counties by five last year to 39 — giving the region the third-largest concentration of seven-figure homes in the nation. An annual report by Zillow tracks places where the typical home is worth $1 million or more. Nationwide, there were 312 million-dollar cities in November, up 45 in a year and 104 higher than 2015. The nation’s housing market surged in 2020 with low mortgage rates mixed ...
Tags: Business, Real Estate, News, California, Housing, Washington, Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Beverly Hills, San Jose, Seattle, Orange


How Southern California teachers explain U.S. Capitol riot

Even as custodians and workers clean up damage left after rioters invaded the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday, Jan. 6, there’s another mess, as teachers and other adults try to figure out how to explain the events to the country’s children. “It was hard yesterday,” said Elizabeth Ramos, choking up. She’s taught government and history at Alta Loma High School in Rancho Cucamonga through the Obama and Trump presidencies. Online classes resumed Monday at the Chaffey Joint Union High School District...
Tags: Politics, John Lewis, News, Education, Obama, California, Washington, La, America, Georgia, Sport, Soccer, Chatsworth, Donald Trump, Ducks, Flores


Ducks prospect Trevor Zegras set gold standard at World Juniors

Trevor Zegras’ swagger was impossible to miss Tuesday in Edmonton. He stood for a TV interview with an American flag draped over his shoulders. He wore a World Junior Championship gold medal around his neck. He smiled broadly while answering a round of questions. What does this mean for you? “It’s the greatest day of my life,” he said. “It’s the greatest day of my life.” Then he laughed. He had called his shot. Zegras, the first of the Ducks’ two first-round draft picks in 2019, scored one goal ...
Tags: Sweden, Minnesota, Sports, Sport, Czech Republic, Canada, Soccer, United States, Kings, NHL, Orange County, Ducks, Edmonton, Anaheim-ducks, University Of Michigan, Southern California


Can Biden reverse Trump’s executive orders? Ask the lawyer

Q: We will soon have a new president and, clearly, he will seek to undo at least some of what President Donald Trump has done. Can President-elect Joe Biden simply end Trump’s executive orders? -M.O., Tustin Ron Sokol A: Executive orders are directives issued by the president with regard to operations of the federal government. They do not carry the same weight as an act of Congress enacted into law. For example, The Dreamers program (formally known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ...
Tags: News, Congress, Barack Obama, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, General Services Administration, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Herbert Hoover, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Dwight D Eisenhower, Harry S Truman, Top Stories LADN


As coronavirus claims another 91 LA County lives, a ‘wicked’ surge hits Skid Row

The New Year’s weekend coronavirus toll in Los Angeles County wound down ominously on Sunday, Jan. 3, as the scope of the latest and most deadly surge claimed another 91 lives. And with 12,488 new cases, not only were hospitals buckling, but the region’s unhoused began the year amid the worst conditions yet, particularly in L.A.’s Skid Row. The latest death toll brings the county’s total lives lost to 10,773, and total cases to 818,639, according to the county’s Sunday update. All this while hos...
Tags: News, California, Medical, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Army, Long Beach, Kaiser, San Jose, Pasadena, Eric Garcetti, Larry King, Southern California, Los Angeles County


With ‘step out and just do it’ approach, Ken Craft’s Hope of the Valley weathers the pandemic

Pandemic-Era Heroes Name: Ken Craft Role: President/CEO, Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission Home: San Fernando Valley Quote: “I feel like we’ve just begun. We have an incredible opportunity to make difference in the community. And that’s what we’re going to do.” Latest installment in a series of stories about people who have made a big difference in the community during a time framed by the coronavirus pandemic You might think after years of battling homelessness in the now COVID-19-drenched...
Tags: News, California, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Homelessness, Soccer, Kaiser, Community, Homeless, Craft, San Jose, Starbucks, City Council, Local News


43 employees at Kaiser medical center in San Jose test positive for COVID-19

SAN JOSE — Some 43 employees at the Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center Emergency Department tested positive for COVID-19 between Dec. 27 and Jan. 1, according to a senior official at the hospital. “We will ensure that every affected staff member receives the care and support they need,” Irene Chavez, a senior vice president for Kaiser Permanente, said in a statement. “Using our infection prevention protocols, we are investigating the outbreak and using contact tracing to personally notify...
Tags: News, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Kaiser, San Jose, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Larry King, Manhattan Beach, Chavez, LA County, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE


Coronavirus: Manhattan Beach closing outdoor seating spaces on public property

MANHATTAN BEACH — As the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to rise across Los Angeles County, Manhattan Beach is closing outdoor seating spaces on public property, effective Sunday at 10 p.m. Tables and chairs in the outdoor seating spaces will be removed at that time. At the beginning of the current surge on Nov. 1, Manhattan Beach had 425 confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of Saturday, that number nearly doubled to 821 cases. On Dec. 31, the daily number of new cases reached 21, and on New Y...
Tags: News, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Manhattan, Larry King, Southern California, Manhattan Beach, Hadley, LA County, Top Stories Breeze, McConnell Pelosi, Coronavirus, COVID, Suzanne Hadley


A wave of Southern California beach headlines swept in during 2020

Southern California beaches, the hundreds of miles of coastline that are one of the defining characteristics of the Golden State, weren’t just a place in 2020 to take a dip into the cool ocean or lay out a towel and relax on the warm sand. In 2020, the coastline became a reflection of how Southern Californians coped with, and reacted to, the coronavirus pandemic that shifted our culture this year. In some coastal towns, beaches were the line in the sand drawn by those who argued people needed a ...
Tags: Florida, News, California, Sport, Soccer, Hawaii, Long Beach, Manhattan, Local News, Orange County, Florence, Malibu, Beaches, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Maui


What is going on with bail and DA Gascon? Ask the lawyer

Q: I have two questions. First, what is the legal basis for new Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon to establish “zero bail” even though Proposition 25 was defeated. Also, have the counties stopped setting bail now? -M.N., Torrance Ron Sokol A: Proposition 25 on the November 2020 ballot sought to replace cash bail with risk assessments for detained suspects awaiting trial. It was defeated, but  the newly elected Los Angeles County D.A. supports the concept of no cash bail. Kee...
Tags: News, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles County, Superior Court, Manhattan Beach, George Gascon, Gascon, Ron Sokol, Torrance Ron Sokol, Ask the Lawyer, DA Gascon


Big waves, maybe rain and snow for Southern California in coming days

The next week is expected to feature a mix of wild weather in Southern California. First, whipping winds will stoke concerns over wildfires. A strong swell is brewing and could bring waves up to 10 feet at some beaches by early next week. And there could be some rain and snowfall by the end of the weekend, good news for helping quench a thirsty region, but bad news for fire-stricken areas that could see mudslides. The National Weather Service on Wednesday, Dec. 23, put out a red-flag warning as ...
Tags: Weather, National Weather Service, News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Maxwell, Local News, Riverside County, Southern California, Ventura, Weather Service, Santa Ana, Manhattan Beach, San Bernardino County, John Wayne Airport


Alexander: Rose Bowl game’s relocation a thorny issue for readers

Today it’s the readers’ Christmas gift to the columnist: The easiest workday of the year. As always, thanks for reading and thanks for engaging, but never forget: This Space always reserves the right to the last word. I expected that USC football coach Clay Helton would again be pushing Trojan fans’ buttons, as usual. This year not so much, though, which either (a) validates what I wrote about this reduced, fan-less season giving him a free pass, or (b) suggests the USC faithful have gotten tire...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Colorado, Oregon, Stanford, Angels, Sports, Alabama, NFL, Sport, Soccer, Arizona, Gm, Nba, Mlb, College sports


Could the president declare martial law? Ask the lawyer

Q: While claiming voter fraud and a rigged election, can President Donald Trump declare martial law? -C.K., Rancho Palos Verdes Ron Sokol A: While there is no precise definition of martial law, a basis for it exists when “certain civil liberties may be suspended, such as the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, freedom of association, and freedom of movement.” Further, the writ of habeas corpus (the right to a trial before imprisonment) may be suspended. Curfews may be s...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Sport, Soccer, Biden, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Trump, Abraham Lincoln, Manhattan Beach, Ron Sokol, Rancho Palos Verdes Ron Sokol, Ask the Lawyer


Father, son charged with robbing Trader Joe’s, linked to regional holdup spree

A father and son have been charged in federal court with robbery and firearms violations after a holdup at a Trader Joe’s market in Chino Hills, and prosecutors say evidence suggests that the men may have robbed 20 other Trader Joe’s in Southern California. Gregory Johnson, 43, and son Gregory Eric Johnson, 20, each face up to 20 years in prison if convicted as charged. The father is in custody and is due in court on Dec. 21. The son, who posted bond and was released, has a Jan. 12 court date. T...
Tags: News, Theft, Los Angeles, Southern California Edison, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, California Highway Patrol, Toyota, Pasadena, Chatsworth, Monrovia, Joe, Simi Valley, Santa Ana, Irvine


Just what does a presidential pardon mean? Ask the lawyer

Q: Presidential pardons are not so unusual, but what does it really mean? You’re innocent, charges are dropped? -B.W., Woodland Hills Ron Sokol A: In 1915, the United States Supreme Court stated in the case of US v. Burdick that a pardon carries an imputation of guilt, and acceptance of the pardon carries a confession. It would not be accurate therefore to describe a pardon as a complete exoneration or a proclamation of innocence. A pardon is simply the act of the United States president set...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, US, Sport, Soccer, United States, Ronald Reagan, Pasadena, Trump, Nixon, George H W Bush, Richard Nixon, Manhattan Beach, Woodland Hills, United States Supreme Court, Burdick


Some cities struggle with how best to enforce mask rules, as coronavirus worsens

Whether it’s through citation or education, some communities around Southern California are struggling with how to put some enforcement heft behind their efforts to get citizens to abide by orders requiring them to wear masks in public during the coronavirus pandemic. When non-uniformed staff or volunteers are tasked, some have have faced pushback, even threats. But officials have grappled with whether it’s appropriate to devote law enforcement’s time, resource and personnel to the effort. The b...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Government, US, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, City Council, Pasadena, Local News, Orange County, Riverside County, Eric Garcetti


Corcoran Global Living adds 400 new associates across Southern California

With the added offices and personnel, the firm will boast nearly 1,500 associates across 42 offices, and annual combined sales of more than $6 billion.
Tags: Radio, Agent, Silicon Valley, Lake Tahoe, Reno, Southern California, San Bernardino, Santa Monica, Napa Valley, Los Angeles County, Downey, Manhattan Beach, Palmdale, RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Brokerage, Select


California’s Expanded COVID-19 Shutdown Order Falling On Many Deaf Ears

MANHATTAN BEACH (AP/CBS13) – In the Southern California oceanside city of Manhattan Beach, one arm of government is urging residents to stay home except for essential needs while another is encouraging them to get out and shop and even providing places where they can sit down to relax, eat takeout and watch the sun set over the Pacific. It’s one example of confusing messages from governments as most of California is under a broad shutdown order that includes an overnight curfew to try to stem re...
Tags: California, California News, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Manhattan, Cbs, Pacific, Castro, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, San Francisco Bay Area, Huntington Beach, Los Angeles County, Marin County, Ferrer


Can I be held responsible for damage caused on city-owned property? Ask the lawyer

Q: I have a very large pine tree on my property adjacent to the city sidewalk. The tree is city-owned but I am responsible for maintenance, which I have done consistently. Several months ago, a heavy pine cone fell from the tree and broke a neighbor’s windshield. It’s not the first time this has happened. The current neighbor is now demanding I pay for the cost of the windshield (he even asked me to lie to my homeowners insurance company and not mention that the tree is city-owned. I refused. My...
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Used cars are California’s hot wheels in pandemic era

California’s hot car in the pandemic era is a used vehicle — the older, the more coveted — with a rising price tag. Auto sales have been chilled by a pandemic that’s rearranged transportation needs — most notably remote work and virtual schooling that have eliminated commutes. Months of economic uncertainty morphed drivers across the state into more budget-conscious shoppers, boosting the value of used cars. So, it’s no huge surprise that my trusty spreadsheet, filled with sales data from the Ca...
Tags: Business, News, California, Cars, California News, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Los Angeles San Francisco, Manhattan Beach, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun


Some Southern California business owners will defy governor’s coronavirus shutdown order

From the apple-growing foothills of Oak Glen to the Pacific Ocean, owners of restaurants, wineries, resorts, hair salons and other enterprises said they would defy the coronavirus shutdown taking effect a minute before midnight on Sunday, Dec. 6. In the midst of a holiday shopping season dramatically reshaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, some Southern California small business operators were making the calculated choice to stay open — or continue offering outdoor dining — at the risk of being shut ...
Tags: Facebook, California, Cdc, Sport, Soccer, Jordan, Local News, Orange County, Riverside County, Pacific Ocean, Rudy Giuliani, Nova, Joe, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Wilson


L.A. County cities face a tough task if serious about own public health departments

Just as the pandemic is at its worst, a handful of cities in Los Angeles County are seeking to break away from the county’s massive Public Health Department, seeking to create their own. On Thursday, the city of Lancaster approved a city report on how to do it. That came on the heels of the city of Beverly Hills’ resolution to do the same earlier. Whittier, West Covina, Santa Clarita and Palmdale are all exploring the idea. The county has initiated waves of restrictions aimed at battling the vir...
Tags: Business, News, California, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Long Beach, Beverly Hills, Disneyland, Pasadena, Local News, Porter Ranch, Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County, Freeman, Lancaster


LA County cities face a tough task if serious about own public health departments

Just as the pandemic is at its worst, a handful of cities in Los Angeles County are seeking to break away from the county’s massive Public Health Department, seeking to create their own. On Thursday, the city of Lancaster approved a city report on how to do it. That came on the heels of the city of Beverly Hills’ resolution to do the same earlier. Whittier, West Covina, Santa Clarita and Palmdale are all exploring the idea. The county has initiated waves of restrictions aimed at battling the vir...
Tags: Business, News, California, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Long Beach, Beverly Hills, Disneyland, Pasadena, Local News, Porter Ranch, Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County, Freeman, Lancaster